Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Game Over, man. Game Over.

Hello reader,

This post will not feature any new pictures, sorry. This is where I ask you to pass my blog along to anyone you think might like it. I have been invited to do some work on a zombie movie based here in Baltimore. I am asking if you or anyone you know is filming a movie in or near Baltimore and need an FX guy, please let me know or give them my email. My email is ward.matthew@gmail.com

Now, I could not have a site for too long and not discuss my business, Game Over. Game Over is an internet and gaming center based in Essex, MD. An internet and gaming center is a place where you can come to rent time on our computers and use that time to play games, surf the internet, or just about anything else you would want to do on a computer. We will specialize in LAN, WAN and console gaming.

Have you ever wanted to play a multiplayer game on PC before? Why lug around a bunch of computers, setup hubs or routers, fiddle with network connection, and move furniture? We take the hassle away for all of this. We have top of the line computers that will support the latest games. All you have to do is sit down and play.

We will also be getting the next gen consoles (360, PS3, and Wii). With the price of the consoles and games going through the roof it is no wonder people can't get their hands them. At Game Over you can come in and for a small hourly fee you can play any game at much less then retail price. Have you ever bought a game and found out it was junk, I have. When you try to take it back they will only give you trade-in on it at half of what you paid. Game Over will keep on top of most games and we will have it ready for you to play. Try before you buy.

Our knowledgeable staff. With 25 years of combined experience in video and computer gaming. Ben and I have an eye for and an encyclopedia like knowledge of computer and console games.

We are hoping to open our doors in mid October. We have been working all summer to get this place open so please stop in or drop us a line. If you mention this blog when you first sign up you can get an extra free hour of play. If you any questions please contact the email above. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Keep LIfe Scary,

Friday, September 01, 2006

Suicide scene

WARNING!!! POTENTIALLY EXPLICIT MATERIAL!!! The images depicted here are NOT real. Makeup and latex were used to achieve these effects.

I have two special thanks to shout out with this post. I would like to thank Beth again, she took most of these pictures. She is not too shabby a photographer especially when you consider she is using a cheap digital camera. Another very special thanks to Karen. She is the girl depicted in these scenes. Karen is an aspring actress and is looking for work. She has done plays and was even in a movie, unfortunately the movie has not been published yet due to finical problems. If you like what you see and you know you do. You can contact me with your information and I will pass it to her, promptly.

Now children, we are getting close to explicit with these. I tried to capture a suicide scene. Pay special attention to her wrist. This was a cheep packaged wound but with a little finesse I transformed it into something useable. Items like this can be made easy but we did not have much time to prep. These are the chair shots. Enjoy.

The chair pose was not working that great so I had her sit on the ground. Karen was not prepared to have anything done to her so clothing could not be gored up. There was tons of fake blood everywhere by this point so had to pick the best posture to show off the wrist and not ruin her cloths.

There were the final shots of the evening. We tired to capture some fear shots. I think these turned out the best.

I hope you enjoyed this segment. Please comment about my work in this and previous posts. I need the feedback if I am to continue to get better. Thanks for taking the time to look at my work and please check back. There is more to come.

Keep Life Scary,

Keep your hand inside the bus at all times

ATTENTION!!! The hand represented here is not real. I used latex and makeup to achieve the desired effect. These images are not of a real crime scene.

I have had this hand sitting in my house for over a year. I bought it last year for $0.95. I used it for a scene in my kitchen. I put the hand under a bucket and place my second printing copy of "A farewell to arms" on top of the bucket (evil dead 2 reference for those non-horror geeks). I have been waning to break down and do something with it but just never got around to it, until now.

These pictures are suppose to resemble crime scene photos. The A and B were used as evidence tags. I realize that I could remove the edge from around the hand to make it look better but for shots like this I want people to know that this stuff is not real. My goal for this hand is to experiment with making severed limbs. This is the first and I promise not the last.

This next scene takes place in my bathtub. Imagine coming home and seeing a severed hand in your bathtub. I took a lot of shots of the hand in the bathtub. Not many of them came out too well. Here at the best.

These next few pictures are pictures are of the sink.

Hope you enjoyed this installment. Post your comments. And I am planning one more installment this week, so stay tuned.

Keep Life Scary,

Thursday, August 31, 2006

I Can't Handle This Anymore

WARNING!!! POSSIBLY EXPLICIT CONTENT!!!! The images contained here within are NOT real. They are special effects makeup and fake blood made to look real. I assure you that no one was hurt in the making of these photos.

Another special thanks to my sister Elizabeth for taking the pictures here. These next shots were me playing around with blood. I am trying to capture something deeper in these pictures. I am trying to capture an emotion of sadness. The character of these images was hurting and did not know how to express and the only way they could think or would be herd is using their own blood. There are no shock values here, just emotions.

These first two shots are to show you the bloody mess of my shower. We were trying to capture a mock crime scene feel.

These next pictures get a little stronger. The "HELP" written on the wall is designed to make you think and reflect. Remember a time of sorrow and how you just wanted to be herd, and you would have done anything to do it. This is my symbol of that.

My goal is to capture true horror in any form. I hate horror that only use one aspect. Horror must be achieved on many levels. Shocking someone does not make it scary. It is about bringing reality to the next creepy level. Seeing "help" written in blood on a wall may not be scary for most in just a picture context but imagine the fear, willpower, and sadness it would take you to write "help" on a wall using your own blood, that is scary. Horror is about moving you out of your world and into a darker place where the images might just be real. It is not what you see it is what you don't see that makes horror scary.

Keep Life Scary,

Post Fight Attempt

BIG BROTHER MANTRA: Little sisters are never to old too beat on.

A special thanks to my sister Elizabeth for being my makeup uke. This is my attempt at post brawl pictures. It's not my best work but I tried. The cameras flash captured some problems I did not see because it was a tad to dark outside. Please post what you like and dislike in the comments section. I love to get feedback.

This is the first and probably best shot I took of her eye all night. It gave me the desired swollen bruise effect I was looking to achieve. I didn't use anything but makeup and some creative camera angles. Not quite sure how "I" made this happen but I like it.

Remember: click the image to expand the picture.

This next picture I tried to capture an angry but upset post-fight picture. Your fight was broken up to quickly, just when you were about to gain the upper hand and turn the tides of battle.

This is the last serious shot we took. This is the moment after a fight when the adrenaline runs down and you realize you lost. Sorrow and introverted anger washes over you in a moment of pure melancholy.

The flash given by the makeup makes me upset. It detracts for the overall feel and screams "makeup!" Oh well.

Finally this last picture is a playful shot Beth took of herself. I like it so I will include it, despite being contrary to the overall feel of the post.

I am hoping over the next few days to post more of the pictures I took last night. So stay tuned it only gets scarier from here.

Keep Life Scary,

Monday, August 28, 2006

Zombie Photo-shoot pictures. (My FX Work)

WARNING!!! POTENTIALLY EXPLICIT CONTENT. None of these images are real, they use makeup and other visual illusions to achieve the desired effect.

As promised I present to you my FX work. I am only including images of people I did the work on. I do have pictures of other people at the zombie photo-shoot and I will post them if there is a demand.

And for my first pictures...This is Theresa class. Everyone give Theresa a moaning welcome. This is her first time as a Zombie and her posture is a bit awkward. I think in time she will get it right.

Everyone this is Shaun. He is the reason I did this. It was his friend who was having the photo-shoot. Thanks man. Shaun also help with the makeup. I did not get many good shot of his wounds because we were running late. He had a laceration on his right side jaw and on his wrist. Both turned out really well but by the time I had a chance to shoot them they were coming off. The store bought fake blood turned out alright and the color was pretty consistent with real blood.

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Keep life scary,

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Starting out

This is my first post ever so don't be too harsh.

I am an amateur FX artist. I have just started doing this. I hope to catalog some of my thoughts and ideas through this blog. I started with a Zombie photo-shoot for a friends friend. She wrote a magazine articles on Zombie culture and need some pictures of zombies. Most of what I learned has been from interviews with different FX artist, Gamer: The podcast, and my own sick twisted mind. I hope to turn this into a portfolio to show some of my work. Feel free to post comments.

Anyway, thanks for reading my boring blog and check later to see my work.